Behind the scenes of Waymo’s worst automated truck crash
The most slot serious crash to date involving a self-driving truck might have resulted in only moderate injuries, but it exposed how unprepared local government and law enforcement are to deal with the new technology.
On May 5, a Class 8 Waymo Via truck operating in autonomous mode with a human safety operator behind the wheel was hauling a trailer northbound on Interstate 45 toward Dallas, Texas. At 3:11 p.m., just outside Ennis,
the modified Peterbilt was traveling in the far right lane when a passing truck and trailer combo entered its lane.The driver of the Waymo Via truck told police that the other semi truck continued to maneuver into the lane,
forcing Waymo’s truck and trailer off the roadway. She was later taken to a hospital for injuries that Waymo described in its report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as “moderate.” The other truck drove off without stopping.